Honest John Awards 2018: The Winners

Revealed: Your 2018 winners

After much number crunching, the 2018 HonestJohn.co.uk Award winners have been announced. Our awards are different from others. They're not awarded by celebrity judges or a panel of automotive journalists - instead they come from the best experts of all: our readers. Put simply, the reviews which create the most interest among HonestJohn.co.uk users are the winners.

City Car of the Year - Suzuki Ignis

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The Suzuki Ignis is the Honest John City Car of the year 2018. The distinctive Suzuki won the popularity stakes with readers praising its value, drive and quirky styling. Capable of carrying four adults in comfort, the Ignis is well-equipped too, with entry-level models getting essentials like DAB radio, touchscreen navigation, rear view camera, alloy wheels and LED headlights.

Small Hatchback of the Year – Honda Jazz

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Easy to drive, comfortable and practical, the Honda Jazz is everything a small car should be and a worthy winner of the Small Hatchback of the Year award. Something of an unsung hero among small cars, the Jazz provides plenty of comfort for four adults while its ingenious 'magic seats' fold and flip in various configurations to allow it to carry surprisingly large items...

Small Family Car of the Year - Honda Civic

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The Honda Civic is a great family car. Not only is it eye-catching, but it manages to blend dynamic handling with family-friendly comfort and practicality. Over the past 12 months the Civic’s popularity has soared with HonestJohn.co.uk readers with it generating more page views than any other model in its class. One of the best hatchbacks on the market today, the affordable and practical Civic is a worthy winner of the Small Family Car of the Year award.

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Large Family Car of the Year - Skoda Superb 

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The Superb is one of the most accomplished cars in its class. Not only does it remain true to Skoda’s value for money principles, but it also surges ahead of the competition by raising the bar for family car quality and refinement. Fuel costs are also affordable, thanks to Skoda's efficient range of petrol and diesel engines, which means you can have a premium hatch without the premium running costs. 

Compact Premium Car of the Year - Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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The compact premium class is one of the most competitive of the new car market, yet the latest C-Class pushes its way to the front with fine handling and sophisticated style. Inside it feels every inch the premium car it should be with excellent build quality and lots of upmarket leathers and soft-touch plastics.

Large Premium Car of the Year - Jaguar F-Pace

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It might have upset the purists, but Jaguar’s decision to enter the SUV market has been an unquestionable success. Refined, quiet and surprisingly efficient, the F-Pace carries all packs all of Jaguar’s luxury car knowhow into a practical yet attractive design.

MPV of the Year - BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

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Impressively built, comfortable and good to drive, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer adds some upmarket style and luxury to the ubiquitous world of family MPVs. Hugely popular with HonestJohn.co.uk readers, the 2 Series Active Tourer is praised for its practical cabin and relaxing drive while its three-cylinder engines promise rock bottom fuel costs.

Small Crossover of the Year - Honda HR-V

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The compact but capable Honda HR-V packs an amazing among of practicality and features into a small crossover. Based on the excellent Jazz, the HR-V has one of the largest boots in its class, while Honda’s ‘magic seat’ system free up van-like space for carrying bulky items. The engine range is also simple but accomplished, with the choice of efficient petrol or diesel powertrains.

Crossover of the Year - Peugeot 3008

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Peugeot's emergency as a serious crossover car manufacturer will not come as a great surprise to HonestJohn.co.uk readers. The classy and capable 3008 has been a huge hit with readers for the past 12 months with owners praising its interior and refinement. The 1.2 Puretech petrol engine is also accomplished and a great efficient alternative to the traditional diesel.

SUV of the Year - Skoda Kodiaq

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The Skoda Kodiaq impressed the HonestJohn.co.uk team when it was launched in 2016 and its popularity has gradually grown to push it to the top of the SUV table, winning praise for its affordability and spacious cabin. In our view, it’s the best SUV you can buy right now.  

Performance Car of the Year - Volkswagen Golf R  

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Praised for its sophisticated four-wheel drive system and potent turbocharged petrol engine, the Golf R is a car that clearly doesn’t need a lairy bodykit to underline its quality. All versions are family-friendly with a comfortable and practical interior, while its 300PS petrol powertrain ensures its driver is never short of performance. 

Convertible of the Year - Mazda MX-5

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The Mazda MX-5 provides all of the fun of a classic British sports car, but minus any of the reliability issues. Brilliant to drive and comfortable enough to drive every day, the MX-5 is better than ever and still available at a price that most people can afford.

Luxury Car of the Year - Tesla Model S

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The Tesla S is proof that there will be life for cars after the combustion engine. Not only does it combine excellent performance with a useable all-electric battery range, but it also sets new standards for comfort, quality and tech.

Estate of the Year - MINI Clubman

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The MINI Clubman is a great family estate with its barn-style rear doors giving it a real edge when it comes to everyday practicality. Add in its huge boot and economical engines and it’s easy to see why the Clubman is considered the UK’s number one estate by HonestJohn.co.uk readers.

Most Highly Rated Car of the Year - Hyundai i10

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The Most Highly Rated Car of the Year is one of the most-coveted of all of the Honest John Awards, because it is based purely on owners’ reviews. Over the past 12 months the Hyundai i10 has consistently received five star feedback, winning praise for comfort, reliability and fuel economy from drivers who live with it every single day. 

Real MPG Car of the Year - Toyota GT86

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Few cars match the Toyota GT86 when it comes to real world fuel economy. Over the past 12 months the GT86 has received outstanding Real MPG ratings, returning 98 per cent or better of its advertised economy. As a result the Toyota is the UK's most honest car for real world economy. 

Pick-up of the Year - Nissan Navara

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The standard by which all other pick-ups should be judged , the Nissan Navara is the go-to workhorse for Honest John Van readers. Boasting huge carrying and towing capacities, the Navara also sets new standards for economy with Nissan advertising a remarkable 46.3mpg.

Small Van of the Year - Ford Transit Connect

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One of the most versatile vans you can buy, the Ford Transit Connect has proven its metal at the Honest John Awards by claiming the Small Van of the Year. Available with efficient petrol or diesel engines, the Transit Connect is practical with payloads peaking at a useful 1000kg. Factor in its car-like driving dynamics and it's easy to see why it's such a hit. 

Medium Van of the Year - Ford Transit Custom

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The Ford Transit Custom is one of the best vans money can buy. Easy to use, cheap to run and capable of shifting large payloads, it enjoys unrivalled popularity with Britain’s van buyers and takes its rightful place at the very top of the panel van wish list.

Large Van of the Year - Fiat Ducato

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The Fiat Ducato is one of the most capable large vans you can buy. Complimented by a huge range of body shapes, styles and sizes, there is a Ducato for every heavy duty job and no other van in its class matches its popularity with HonestJohn.co.uk readers.

Honest John Car of the Year - Skoda Kodiaq

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Quite simply the most popular car with HonestJohn.co.uk readers, the Kodiaq takes the ultimate prize with owners praising Skoda’s affordable SUV for its style, comfort, practicality and low fuel costs. Easy to drive and great value, the Kodiaq is the benchmark by which all SUVs should be judged.


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